Arsenic and Old Lace at Waldorf College’s Smith Theatre Oct. 2 – 5

Waldorf College
The 2013-14 season at Waldorf College’s Smith Theatre opens with the classic comedy Arsenic and Old Lace on Wednesday, October 2, through Saturday, October 5.

Since 1941, Joseph Kesselring’s play has had audiences laughing in their seats with a story about a family of questionable sanity. Two spinster aunts’ homemade elderberry wine, three quirky nephews, and a couple of dead bodies come together for an entertaining tale.

Arsenic and Old Lace is an American favorite. It’s a bit like the Addams Family 20 years before there was an Addams Family,” said the play’s director and Waldorf’s associate professor of theatre Dr. Robert AuFrance. “Over the years, I’ve had a lot of requests from people to present it.”

“This season is about fun shows or shows that may be favorites,” continued AuFrance. “Sometimes we need to remember as artisans that it’s our job to entertain and inform our audience, and that’s what we’re doing again this year.”

All shows start at 7:30 p.m., with the doors opening at seven. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and non-Waldorf students, and $2 for Waldorf students and can be reserved online at or by calling the Waldorf Theatre box office at 641-585-8585.

The 2013-14 season also includes Macbeth from November 20-23, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee from February 12-15, and Steel Magnolias from April 2-5. Season tickets are available. Contact Dr. AuFrance at 641-585-8288 or email him at for more information.

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Cassidy Atchison of Allen, Texas, as Abby Brewster
Abbie Wells of Lake View, Iowa, as Martha Brewster
Alex Horak of Buffalo Center, Iowa, as Mortimer Brewster
Nathan Chester of Oak Park, Ill., as Jonathan Brewster
Phil Detrick of Algona, Iowa, as Teddy Brewster
Chelsey Shreeve of Cottrellville, Mich., as Elaine Harper
Phillip Koolhoven of Redlands, Calif., as Dr. Rev. Harper
Austin Marques of Centennial, Colo., as Dr. Einstein
Alexa Bainbridge of Newton, Iowa, as Officer Brophy
Ashleigh Stingley of Savanna, Ill., as Officer Klein
Zachery Gueller of Spencer, Iowa, as Mr. Gibbs
Sydney Hutchison of Dallas, Texas, as Officer O’Hara
Destiny Childs of Milwaukee, Wis., as Lieutenant Roony
Kevin Ansel of Kanawha, Iowa, as Mr. Witherspoon